News You Can Use - 09/17/2007

During the school year, the Department of Communication & Media Relations produces a media tip sheet called "News You Can Use, which is distributed to metro Atlanta news outlets electronically. This publication provides school and system news, including recent honors, upcoming events, calendar items, and photo opportunities at local schools and central office locations. The tip sheet is sent out at the end of each week, and covers news and GCPS items of interest for the coming 7-10 days.

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/17/2007 - 09/23/2007

Richard Hull Middle’s Patricia Caldwell has been selected as one of 10 teachers in the Atlanta area to receive a Siemens Science Teacher Award. Presented by the Siemens Foundation and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the program recognizes teachers engaged in improving science learning at the middle and high school levels. Ms. Caldwell is being recognized for leading innovative professional learning opportunities for her colleagues, as well as creating authentic and engaging science experiences for her students. An awards ceremony honoring recipients will be held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

GCPS’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) received a certificate of excellence for the 19th consecutive year from the Association of School Business Officials.

Three Gwinnett schools were among the top 10 feeder schools to the University of Georgia according to an annual report on student recruitment. Brookwood, Collins Hill, and Parkview high schools were included on the list. For more information, call the local school.

Georgia Public Broadcasting will feature Richard Hull Middle’s Internet Safety Town Hall Meeting as a podcast available on their web site. The entire show may be viewed at mms:// For more information, call Tami Dillard, Richard Hull Middle PTA president, at 770-814-9798.

The Duluth High Advanced Women’s Ensemble recently had selections from the performance at the 2006-07 Georgia Music Educator’s Association aired on Georgia Public Radio. For more information, call Media Specialist Dr. Marsha Hunter at 770-232-3336.

Mill Creek High Teacher Tom Kutter qualified for Olympic Trials which will be held in New York City in November. Mr. Kutter will compete in the 10,000 meter run. Mr. Kutter also coaches the Girls Cross Country Team at Mill Creek High. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Mill Creek High students in Suzanne Roginski’s gifted biology classes will participate in a medical mystery lab-- “Grave Decision,” on Sept. 17 and 18. Student-led investigation teams will collect data from experimental labs to help solve the mystery of contamination in the community groundwater. For more information, call Patricia Lowrie at 678-714-5850.

Duluth High’s “Crossroads of Hope” and the Key Club will hold a bake sale on Sept. 22 from 3 to 9 p.m. in Doraville. Senior Caterina Li organized this group of student to raise money to aid students and educational facilities in China. More than $30,000 was raised last year. For more information, call Teacher Sarah Eddy at 770-476-5206.

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band will perform in the Duluth Fall Festival parade Sept. 29. The schedule may be viewed at For more information, call Giesela Zavodny, communication officer, at 770-476-1299 or email

Duluth High Center Stage Alliance will perform “Brighton Beach Memoirs” on Oct. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $6 the last week in September and at the theater door. For more information, visit

Part science and nature center, part energy institute, and part history center, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) is a collaborative educational initiative. Partners are GCPS, Gwinnett County Government, the University of Georgia, and the Center’s foundation. The Center is dedicated to student field studies and activities on weekday mornings and is open to the public weekday afternoons, Monday - Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at or call 770-904-3500.

September 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monarchs Across Georgia, a 5-hour teacher workshop, $50 to register
Discover ways to bring scientific concepts to life in your classroom using the Monarch butterfly.
Participate in hands-on activities, research projects, and online scientific investigation. To register, send the registration form from the web site along with $50 to Monarchs Across Georgia, c/o Susan Meyers, 1497 Candleberry Court, Lilburn, GA 30047. Contact workshop facilitator, Susan Meyers at 404-388-8228 or email for more information.

September 22, Enjoy an 8 a.m. Walk and 9:30 Presentation of Bird Watching, $3 per person, free for GEHC Members, center admission additional fee
David Decker from the Atlanta Audubon Society leads an exploration group to the birds living in the surrounding woods. Learn about birds in your backyard. Ages 16 and up. Call 770-904-3500 by Sept. 19 to register.

September 22, 3 to 4 p.m., Nature Kids Environmental Club, $5 per child, free to GEHC members
Excuse me, ladybug! Do you like ladybugs? A lot of people do. Come visit the center to study these polka-dotted beetles. Paint a lady bug rock to take home with you. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring water. Kids in grades 2-4, limited to 15 participants. Center admission additional fee. Pre-register by calling 770-904-3500.

September 27, Tour the GEHC at 5:30 p.m., View “Globetalk: Protecting the Global Environment: Lessons Learned from Peace Corps Field Experience” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,
Free Event for all ages, individuals over 50 strongly encouraged to attend.
Peace Corps Volunteers share their experience working on grassroots environmental projects in countries around the globe and the impact it had on their lives.

“GCPS Focus” Coming up on GCPS Focus... Gwinnett celebrates the opening of its newest schools, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks discusses leadership, and we’ll take a look at the Quality-Plus Leader Academy. This 30-min. program airs daily at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“America’s History in the Making” This course for middle and high school teachers explores American history from the Pre-Columbian era through Reconstruction. The video programs are divided into three segments: Historical Perspectives, an overview of the historical era; Faces of America, biographies of individuals illustrate larger events; and Hands-on History, a behind-the-scenes look at how history is studied, documented, and presented. Additional units introduce methods to strengthen teachers’ knowledge of American history, while reviewing content. This 60-min. program airs Sept. 17-20 at 1 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 1” This 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Sunday, through October 21 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air through Sept. 27 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 p.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 and 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS web site--

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Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and to provide input on proposed curriculum materials. This review covers instructional materials for mathematics (grades K–5, 6, 7, and 9), social studies (grades K–5) and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (grade 9). The review runs Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. All materials may be reviewed at the following locations and times:
Instructional Support Center (ISC) in the Building 200 Lobby, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, in Suwanee (678-301-6000); Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 11 and 25, 5–8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Lovin Elementary, located at 1705 New Hope Road in Lawrenceville (678-518-6940); Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 11 and 25, 5–8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
For more about the review process, contact Lisa Burleson in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 678-301-6831.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Citizenship Day is Sept. 17.

Georgia School Bus Safety Week begins Sept. 17.

Constitution Week runs from Sept. 17-23.

Juniors will take the Georgia High School Graduation Test on Sept. 26. Visit the system website for assessment information and to view a students testing calendar.

October is Computer Learning Month and Physical Therapy Month.

Fire Prevention Week and National Metric Week run from Oct. 7-13.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 11 at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

October 15 is a Student Holiday, Teacher Planning/Professional Learning day.